Ok, I'll admit it. Lately, I've been the type of person who will absolutely swear by reading customer reviews before buying a book. Then after purchasing and reading the book, I wouldn't invest the time to write a review in order to help others.
This book has captivated me, and I can't seem to put it down. Mr. Brown speaks well, presents his material in a logical, orderly fashion, and with child-like ease. I haven't read a book that compares with this quality since Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think!"
I especially like the way the Mr. Brown lays out the framework for the book, and encourages you to follow along with the "project". After completing the book, you'll have in your possession one complete, functional Windows Application. You could, of course, simply download the code from the publisher's web site (which, btw is organized chapter by chapter, section by section), but I've enjoyed walking the path with Mr. Brown as he explains concepts, the .NET framework, and what his thought process is as he builds a working photo album application.
What's more, I haven't seen *that* many typos in this work. There are some, don't get me wrong, but I was easily able to spot them even before writing the code. If you follow along with the process he lays out, you're bound to spot the mispelled variable names when they do appear. Even if they slip by you, you'll recognize that something is amiss when Intellisense doesn't kick in. Believe me though, these minor setbacks don't even compare to the major headaches one receives when trying to use code from say...Wrox.
Believe me when I tell you that you will enjoy this book from the moment you begin chapter one. This book isn't meant to be a reference, but rather, a valuable learning tool that is a joy to read, easy to follow, and rewarding when complete. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to build functional, intelligent interfaces and having fun doing it.